Tuesday, 17 January 2012


I awoke at 3am sharp, silence, the house was sleeping. Holly was sleeping. But I was very aware of the fact that having disappeared to bed at 8.30 with a poorly Son, to read 'Mr Stink' by David Walliams, which just suits my reading ability. So I left Daisy to put Holly dog to bed, in her crate. So when I woke, I got up, because I didn't like to think of the dog bursting, but being confined to her crate (I know that's the purpose!!!) So I ended up standing in my 'grassy green garden' :) waiting for the dog to have a Wee-wee. But she thought it far too cold and scuttled back to her Crate.

So when, I got up proper at 6.30, I was no stranger to the cold crisp white grass.

As Dave couldn't dig the ground to lay the foundations, because it was 'as hard as Iron' (isn't that a Hymn?' So......he had a peep in my loft, and did a builders tut cupping his chin as he shook his head.

Oh bugger, how could I forget, this is a real one for Dave? are you there? Remember the jobsworth last week in the dial a ride bus? Well, Health and F* safety phoned today, asking if they could come and see my trike. And the way I see it, if I can't take Ziggy, well then they have to find a way that I can. In this 'Inclusive Society'. As Dave will tell you it is a Class A invalid Carriage, because I power it. Not a motor, or a battery.

I spoke to Steve about it, who reckons I've got the law? on my side, type of thing and they should accommodate me.

I keep getting emails from the Olympic Games, reminding me to do it. It's incredibly worrying because I believe I've done it all. But I've tried phoning the number provided. and they have no record of any ones! It makes me want to cry :(

Wish me luck for tomorrow!!xxxx


  1. Actually by the 1988 regulations its a Class 1 Invalid Carriage - a device providing you with mobility, and not propelled by mechanical power (ie by the user or an attendant).

    You will also have clear records that you previously used a Class 3 Invalid Carriage and that your trike replaces. Before an interview you get someone to ask for, or look for a statement of, their policy on carrying mobility scooters of (Class 2 and 3) and carrying wheelchairs (Class 1).

    If the point arises during any visit/interview ask the same detail - what risk assessment and method statement do they have for the carriage of wheelchairs/mobility scooters. If necessary get the risk assessments and method statements so that common detail (most of it will be) can be used. Don't have those - well it can be taken as a failure in duty of care, if staff of clients have a problem and the risks and methods have not been considered.

    It may be that (to keep the paperwork right) the drivers will need a briefing note (or even a training session!)to learn how to deal with Class 1 Invalid Carriages with pedal drives. An opportunity perhaps for you to check-out all the drivers....

    Had a run in with the new and young deputy manager at the local supermarket - been using it for years and lack of any provision for cyclists means I park my bike outside against the front - so I can watch it from inside - last night he decides - he doesn't like it that way - even though I'd been doing it with him there for months and for years before with managers I really got on well with. Still Sainsbury's loss is Lidl's gain, a bit further to go but so very cycle friendly - I can bring the bike in and load it up out of the weather, and I had noticed that the Sainsbury's Local had been subtly dropping the budget price basics lines because they reckon our local shoppers won't carp at paying more for the standard and branded products. Reckon that will lose them the substantial student business from the area.

  2. PS Elfin Safety (looking after the leprachauns) is often quoted as a reason - it is not - The Health and Safety at Work Act primarily spells out how employers and employees deliver a duty of care to each other AND to members of the public using their premises or services. It should not be blindly quoted as a reason not to do something. You can do most things but a proper risk assessment and method statement will make sure you have the right equipment and use it in the right way to do the job properly.